Soundproofing Your Philadelphia Windows

Holly Perron

Have you ever been jolted out of sleep by an early morning garbage truck or a party going on next door and wished that you could keep outside noises where they belong?

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Noise enters your home through openings, crevices, and through material like glass and can result in restless nights. Windows, in particular larger, older windows, are a big contributor source of noise entering your home, and if you soundproof your windows you can significantly cut back on unwanted noise.

These are some things that Philadelphia homeowners can do to soundproof your windows and reduce noise from outdoors.

Add caulk or weatherstripping to your windows

Adding caulk or weatherstripping is an affordable DIY solution to block noise. Because sound travels through the air, blocking any cracks or crevices by your windows will help reduce sound. You can add foam tape to the sides of your window sashes. For a side-sliding door or a double-hung window you can use vinyl v-strips on the outer sides of the windows. You can also caulk the crevices around windows and over any cracks to stop airflow.

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One downside of this DIY solution is that it’s not a long-term solution, and it might damper how good your windows look.

Add sturdier window treatments like plantation shutters

Adding heavy material like Philadelphia’s best plantation shutters can help block outside noise.

Plantation shutters are a stylish way to reduce the noise entering your home while also improving your home’s energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters have a patented built-in weatherstripping design that blocks out unwanted noise and temperature.


Polywood faux wood shutters are resilient, which means that they’ll last a lot longer than those DIY solutions. They’re typically less expensive than installing new windows, and after they’re put in are a permanent piece of your home, which can add to your home’s resale value.

Use a sound-proofing plug

If you have a lot of loud constant noise such as those from construction you can use a sound-proofing plug. This DIY solution is a large piece of foam that you slide into the gap around your window. Because the foam blocks light (and can look out of place), people use sound plugs in the evening or in rarely-used rooms.

Replace or install another window

If you have old windows and you're suffering from air drafts as well as distracting outside sounds, it may be time to invest in new windows. If you don’t have the budget to buy all new windows for every room, you might add exterior storm windows or another window pane to especially noticeable windows. The downside is that getting new windows or even adding extra panes can be a pricey option.

Soundproof your Philadelphia windows today

Are you itching for a restful night of sleep, and do you want to finally be rid of your noise problem? Then give us a call at 215-874-4897 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation. We’ll go through all your window treatment choices in Philadelphia and put an end to your noise problem with a solution that is as beautiful as it is functional.